Friday, April 24, 2015

Big Brother Vander

After having a new baby, the mom is obviously chopped liver and everyone always only asks about the baby (not entirely true, but bear with me). However, people do still ask about the other babies, specifically how they are dealing with the new baby, so I thought I would share how Vander is dealing with the newest addition to our family.

Vander has been an absolutely excellent big brother! While his version of "gentle" is still not quite as gentle as I probably want, Vander loves Marshall!

Vander lights up every time he sees Marshall, even though he is usually being carried by me. He really hasn't had any issues sharing. He has never once pushed Marshall out of my arms or showed any signs of being mean or unhappy towards him.

Vander loves to pat Marshall, whether he is sleeping or crying. Vander was trying to play "This little piggy" with Marshall's feet last night which Marshall did not really appreciate, but was super adorable since Vander loves it when I play that with him.

Vander points at (again, not as gently as I would like...) Marshall's eyes and ears. Vander will come lay down next to him on the floor on a blanket or under the baby gym.

As you can tell from this picture below, Vander is not especially empathetic and he usually doesn't seem to hear or care if Marshall is crying. He is generally not empathetic though, so it isn't specific to Marshall. But at least he can sleep through a baby crying next to him in the car!

I brought Marshall with me to Vander's school ice cream social last week and all of the little kids were so excited for the baby and Vander was positively thrilled to show off his baby brother.

Overall Vander is very helpful for getting things for his brother. Mostly he loves playing with all of Marshall's things. I would find him in the pack n play quite often.

I am so proud of what a great big brother Vander is and so excited to see them grow up together!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Easter 2015

The New and Improved Otley Clan (i.e. now a family of FOUR!) went to Nebraska for Easter to visit family and show off the Marshmallow.

While we all had a great trip, I would have to say Vander had the most fun! 

We went to the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland since Vander has been super into airplanes. It was such a beautiful museum and completely awe inspiring. I would love to go back in a couple years and do the guided tour where they take people inside the planes and learn more about all of the planes. This trip was all about seeing planes up close and actually touching them!

We did some easter festivities with Dylan's family on Saturday. Vander got to die Easter eggs (with a lot of big plops in the dye) and go hunt for eggs. Marshall got a lot of snuggles. 

Easter morning the boys found the Easter Bunny delivered some goodies! (I took the basket pictures the week before when I was putting everything together)

Vander went to go check out the tractors before we headed up to visit my family for Easter dinner. He loved it and absolutely didn't want to leave.

We went up to Omaha for the afternoon and I basically only saw Marshall when he needed a new diaper or to eat since my family all hoarded him. Vander and I went to the park and he played with everyone.

It was a fantastic weekend! Hooray for Spring!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Marshall: One Month Old

Marshall made it to one month old this weekend! It has been really great having two kids and I absolutely love saying “the boys.” 

Marshall weighs 10 pounds 5 ounces, which is 54%, and he is 21 1/2 inches long, which is 37%. 

Sleep is always an interesting thing, especially with this little guy. I would say the average day goes as such: He has been eating mostly every two hours and he is awake at least twice a day for a two hour stretch. We try to navigate that to be around 7pm-9pm so he is awake that same time in the morning and not in the middle of the night. 

We have had a couple of longer stretches between feedings. In the middle of our drive both to and from Nebraska for Easter, he slept four hours. He slept five hours our first night in Nebraska. Unfortunately that was a fluke and not a new normal. Marshall is obviously growing and I think we are getting closer to him going longer between feedings.

He is such a noisy sleeper though! His first nickname is definitely "Squeaker." He seems to do best swaddled and we have him laying flat in the pack n play most of the night (he was in the basinet part of the pack n play for a bit but then he slept well in Nebraska without it). Around 4 or 5 in the morning he will not lay in the pack n play anymore. We have gotten him to sleep in the swing a couple times, but really he just wants to cuddle with mom and dad.

I am looking forward to moving him to his own room, but with him still waking up so much it isn't quite worth it. 

Breastfeeding has gone really smoothly. It really helps when at least one of us knew what we were doing from the beginning! He is eating longer now, he was eating for around 5-10 minutes, but has gone to 10-20 towards the end of the month.

His eyes are still a clear grey blue, not brown at all yet.

Marshall is a fun little wiggle bug. He spent his first couple days all curled up and then slowly stretched out. He loves sleeping on your chest all curled up still, but also needs his "down time." He will happily lay on his back on a play mat for like 20 minutes straight. I can get him to do a little tummy time too. He can lift his head pretty well and pushes off on his legs a lot.

This little baby is such a squeaker and squawker. He is a little "temperamental" we decided. He is totally calm or asleep and then makes a huge squeal and then is back to totally fine and calm again.

Mostly he just sleeps a lot! So he makes a great buddy for lunch dates and Vander adventures as long as he is well fed before and has a comfy place to be.

It has been a fun month and I am looking forward to all the months and milestones to come!
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